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Poster: Moongleam Date: Apr 17, 2012 10:21am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: another to move to Feature Films . . .

This is Video-Cellar's opinion:

Thus, any British film that was published and registered before 1946, and was public domain in the US before GATT/URAA, remains in the public domain in the US.


However, this film was released in 1948.

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Poster: larus Date: Apr 18, 2012 6:11am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: another to move to Feature Films . . .

In theory it shouldn't be PD, but both Alpha Video and Mill Creek published it on DVD, the former as a standalone feature in 2009 and the latter on its "20 strange tales" 4-DVD pack in 2006.
On the other hand, both releases seem to have gone out of print and are no longer listed on their respective publishers' web sites (http://www.oldies.com and http://www.millcreekent.com/). Amazon is still listing both, but as out of stock.
So the question is whether there is a gotcha that makes the film PD and the publishers just dropped the releases due to low demand, or whether they took a gamble and found thelselves on the receiving end of a Notice of Intent to Enforce or some other cease-and-desist order.

This post was modified by larus on 2012-04-18 13:11:34

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Poster: drworm01 Date: Sep 23, 2015 8:15pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: another to move to Feature Films . . .

Sorry to come so late to the discussion, but I wanted to follow up and ask if the movie was public domain. I just watched a Mill Creek copy (from their Cult Cinema 200-pack which is still for sale and lists the film as part of its contents) and there's no copyright logo on the film (there are, however, several Mill Creek Entertainment bugs on screen). The print linked above looks like it has the Alpha video bug on it. So two questions:
1: Do those bugs make these particular prints not public domain?
2: Is the film itself public domain?
I'm trying to find a record on copyright.gov right now, but the page isn't loading.
I'd recommend the film regardless--an interesting little suspense piece where the point-of-view character is a Nazi so the tension lies in whether he'll get caught, but he's also the villain so you want him to. I can't think of another story that I've seen with that kind of setup.

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Poster: CornyPop Date: Apr 18, 2012 1:03am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: another to move to Feature Films . . .

Good morning moongleam,
I thought it would be a great idea to have a second set of eyes check prospective uploads before uploading, and I would be honored to help check anyone else's prospective contribution, but alas, my request for such goes unanswered now, so I am doing what I believe is the next best thing.

After I check with the limited amount of intelligence that I have, and find no current copyright holder, I post the film. After a couple of years watching this list, I am confident that if I make a mistake, some kind soul will quickly, forcefully and repeatedly demand removal.

Have you found such current copyright holder, and would you like the film removed?